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Experiencing the Amarnath Yatra

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Holy journey Visitors going around the model of Amarnath Yatra
Holy journey Visitors going around the model of Amarnath Yatra

The model that is an exact replica of the Amarnath Yatra is 80 feet high and made of Plaster of Paris

As the evening sun casts its fading crimson rays on the horizon, chanting of hymns and bhajans fill the air.

Amidst all this, the towering set of the ‘Amarnath Yatra’ gives a grand holy sight. For all those who wished to see the Amarnath shrine but their plans never materialized, here’s a great chance to experience the holy ‘journey’. A huge set of the ‘Amarnath Yatra’ has been put up at Andhra University Grounds besides Shivaji Park as part of the United India Handloom, Handicrafts and Industrial Exhibition that started from Thursday.

“The model was set up at the cost of Rs.1 crore,” managing director M.K. Reddy said.

The model that is an exact replica of the Amarnath Yatra is 80 feet high and made of Plaster of Paris. It took nearly a month to set up the huge structure and is made for the first time in Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier a similar structure was set up at the exhibition in Coimbatore. More than 100 people from Tamil Nadu were involved in setting up of the model. People can walk through the winding pathway of the structure amidst the sound of chanting hymns to offer prayers at the ice ‘Shiva lingam’ placed at the top.

A big compressor is kept here to enable the ice-formation.

Joy rides

The shouts and creams from the joy rides at the fair reflect the excitement generated by them.

While the giant wheel is a thrilling stomach-churning experience, the tora-tora can give your head a wild spin!

Even if you are not brave enough to venture for a ride, the shouts and crazy laughter of the people taking the ride are sure to make your heart skip a beat.

This time apart from the bigger sailing ship Columbus a smaller version of it has also been included for the kids. Dashing car and giant size Frisbee promise to offer unlimited fun for the visitors.

Stalls

More than 100 stalls of handloom, handicrafts and household articles from all over India have been put up for the exhibition.

The fair is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m and will go on for two months.

NIVEDITA GANGULY

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